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Keeper

Published Date: 16th January 2018

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9781912374069
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15 February 2018
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9781912374052
£8.99
28 April 2018
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Description

Whitechapel, 1888: London is bowed under Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror.

London 2015: actress Julianne Bell is abducted in a case similar to the terrible Tower Hamlets murders of some ten years earlier, and harking back to the Ripper killings of a century before.

Falkenberg, Sweden, 2015: a woman’s body is found mutilated in a forest, her wounds identical to those of the Tower Hamlets victims. With the man arrested for the Tower Hamlets crimes already locked up, do the new killings mean he has a dangerous accomplice, or is a copy-cat serial killer on the loose?

Profiler Emily Roy and true-crime writer Alexis Castells again find themselves drawn into an intriguing case, with personal links that turn their world upside down. Following the highly acclaimed

Block 46 and guaranteed to disturb and enthral, Keeper is a breathless thriller from the new queen of French Noir.

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‘Gustawsson’s writing is so vivid, it’s electrifying.  Utterly compelling’ Peter James

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‘I’ll be raving about Keeper just as much as I raved about Block 46 last year. And I already expect this to be one of my top reads of 2018’ Off-the-Shelf Books

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‘Thought-provoking, challenging, and an absolute knock-out … I’m still in shock’ LoveReading

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‘No matter how many times you think you’ve sussed it out, Gustawsson will render you completely speechless’ The Quiet Knitter

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‘A great addition to the world of noir novels, and lives alongside the best…’ TripFiction

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‘A bold and intelligent read’ Laura Wilson, Guardian

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‘The grim detection is carried out by two strong women. Emily Roy is a profiler, lent to Scotland Yard by the Canadian Mounties; her friend Alexis Castells is a French writer of true-crime. They make a terrific, original duo. They have a future’ Marcel Berlins, The Times

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 ‘Cleverly plotted, simply excellent…’ Ragnar Jónasson

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‘A real page-turner … I loved it!’ Martina Cole

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‘Compelling’ Women’s Own

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 ‘A great serial-killer thriller with a nice twist … first rate’ James Oswald

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‘Dark, oppressive and bloody but it’s also thought-provoking, compelling and very moving’ Metro

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‘A bold and audacious debut from a very talented writer. Heralds the beginning of a thrilling new series’ R J Ellory

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‘Viscerally brutal yet delicately beautiful, like blood spatter on fresh snow. An unbelievable debut’ Matt Wesolowski

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‘Gripping … utterly mesmerising’ Thomas Enger

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‘Gustawsson doesn’t shy away from anything; she’ll take you where other crime writers might not dare wander, vividly and accurately describing the most brutal of crimes, taking you inside the heads (and hearts) of those on both sides of the investigation, and all this conjured up with the most beautiful prose. The ending left me pacing the house. That’s all I’ll say. Read it’ Louise Beech

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‘Gritty, bone-chilling, and harrowing – it’s not for the faint of heart, and not to be missed’ Crime by the Book

Author

Born in 1978 in Marseille and with a degree in political science, Johana Gustawsson has worked as a journalist for the French press and television. She married a Swede and now lives in London. She was the co-author of a bestseller, On se retrouvera, published by Fayard Noir in France, whose television adaptation drew over 7 million viewers in June 2015. Her debut, Block 46, became an international bestseller, with Keeper following suit. She is working on the next book in the Roy & Castells series.

Translator

Maxim Jakubowski is a crime, erotic, and science fiction writer and critic. Jakubowski was born in England by Russian-British and Polish parents, but raised in France. Jakubowski has also lived in Italy and has travelled extensively. Jakubowski edited the science fiction anthology Twenty Houses of the Zodiac in 1979 for the 37th World Science Fiction Convention (Seacon ’79) in Brighton. He also contributed a short story to that anthology. He has now published almost 100 books in a variety of areas.

He has worked in book publishing for many years, which he left to open the Murder One bookshop[1], the UK’s first specialist crime and mystery bookstore. He contributes to a variety of newspapers and magazines, and was for eight years the crime columnist for Time Out and, presently, since 2000, the crime reviewer for The Guardian. He is also the literary director of London’s Crime Scene Festival and a consultant for the International Mystery Film Festival, Noir in Fest, held annually in Courmayeur, Italy. He is one the leading editors in the crime and mystery and erotica field, in which he has published many major anthologies.

Online Reviews

If an epic novel that will blow your mind is what you want, then this is it … some of the sharpest writing, sharpest plotting and fall off your seat OMG moments I’ve read in a while! This book is very, very clever … This really has to be read with little understanding of the plot to fully appreciate the intricate plotting and deliciously dark twists and turns. It’s the kind of books you grimace at some scenes (graphic is not the word) and then rub your hands with glee at others – but you champion both for the way the words slap you in the face. This is an early review granted but it’s that good I couldn’t help myself. It’s out on kindle in Feb anyway and paperback in April. Devour this one!!’ The Book Trail

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‘Johana Gustawsson certainly isn’t afraid to tackle shocking issues and leave her readers reeling. She puts her ‘all’ into her books. Her gorgeous writing is amazing, immersive and addictive, and it’s hard to believe that this is a translation. I couldn’t stop reading, totally engrossed from the first page, as the book took me on a twisty rollercoaster ride … Be prepared for some graphic scenes that may make you wince or cringe, others that may make you smile and a few that may make you exclaim out loud. I know I’ll be raving about Keeper just as much as I raved about Block 46 last year. And I already expect this to be one of my top reads of 2018. Now I can’t wait to see how Johana Gustawsson will shock me with her next book’ Off the shelf Books

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‘Roy and Castells return in MÖR, which will be published as KEEPER in English in April. I read an advance copy of that book yesterday, and it’s a terrific page-turner, once again blending criminal investigations in London and Sweden with historic crimes – in this case Jack the Ripper. Gustawsson creates a great narrative drive, and delivers a tale that’s deliciously twisted, as well as twisting’ Johana is interviewed as a feature in the 9mm on Crime Watch

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